This species is known only from Mount Mulanje in southern Malawi and Mount Ribaue in Mozambique, where it occurs above 1,200m asl up to almost 3,000m asl. It probably occurs more widely in the mountains of south-eastern Malawi and northern Mozambique.
Habitat and Ecology
It is particularly associated with rocky areas in both montane forest and grassland. The eggs are laid in wet moss at the edge of rivulets running over rocks, and the larvae disperse by migration across wet rocks.
It is abundant on Mount Mulanje, breeding in vast numbers.
Although somewhat protected, the habitat on Mount Mulanje continues to be lost in places as a result of subsistence agriculture and extraction of wood. Other threats include uncontrolled fires and the spreading of exotic pines throughout the plateaus (pines are invading and locally replacing the natural vegetation as they regrow faster after fires).
It occurs in the Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve (which is in need of continued and strenghtened management), although Mount Ribaue remains unprotected.
Red List Status
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, it is known from fewer than five locations, and the quality and extent of its forest habitat on Mounts Mulanje and Ribaue is declining.
Lovemore Mazibuko, John Poynton 2004. Nothophryne broadleyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58077A11714410. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58077A11714410.en .Downloaded on 10 December 2018